The DaVita Dialysis clinic at 425. N. Fredonia St. is making plans to move to a larger building at 3110 H.G. Mosley Parkway, Suite 100, a company spokeswoman at its Denver-based headquarters confirmed.
Courtney Culpepper said in a statement the move “has been under consideration for some time, since we’ve seen an increase in our patient census.”
Culpepper made no reference to state and federal allegations that infection control and facility violations were endangering patients and staff at the Fredonia Street site, prompting the clinic’s closure this past fall. The end-stage renal disease facility has since reopened.
She said the new center, due to open later this year, will have 36 dialysis stations and more training rooms to educate and support home patients.
“More and more patients are choosing home dialysis, which only requires one or two monthly trips to our center for routine checkouts and continued training,” Culpepper said.
DaVita hired Houston-based Wier Enterprises to work under a commercial alteration permit for the 21,652-square-foot building on H.G. Mosley Parkway, according to the city’s Development Services Department.
The work has a construction value of $1.5 million, according to city data.
Land buys Carpet One, moves
Johnny Land, owner of Downtown Flooring Gallery, said he bought Carpet One at 1800 N. Eastman Road from Jim Fabos in Tyler and has moved out of the Savvy Sisters consignment store at 208 N. Green St.
Land, who opened the gallery about nine years ago and moved into the consignment shop in October 2016, said he renamed the business to Johnny’s Carpet One & Flooring Gallery.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Fabos, who owns a Carpet One in Tyler, was out of town and unavailable for comment.
A major factor in the move is that the six-story Heritage Tower at Green and Methvin streets, which has housed the business, is being converted into an apartment complex for seniors.
“Everybody has to vacate the building,” Land said. “We looked at spaces downtown and just decided Carpet One was a better fit for our future.”
Land said the new digs has 2,800 square feet for a showroom — nearly double the space within Savvy Sisters — and a total of about 6,000 square feet. He also owns Johnny’s Flooring Outlet at 100 King St.
Land, who works with his son, Ethan, and two other employees, said his customers include home builders and interior designers.
He said his goal is to serve East Texas in a larger and more convenient location.
Johnny’s Carpet One & Flooring Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
For more information, visit carpetone.com
Cajun Tex to Hallsville
Johnny and Donna Horne opened their second Cajun Tex restaurant on Friday, at 201 Renaissance Drive in Hallsville.
Johnny Horne, who opened the first Cajun Tex in Marshall 13 years ago, has said the couple decided to expand into Hallsville because they live in the community and do a lot of catering in the area.
Cajun Tex serves cuisine suited for Cajun and Texas palates, including gumbo, jambalaya, chicken fried steak, fried fish, burgers and buffalo wings. The restaurant’s logo is a crawfish wearing cowboy boots and a cowboy hat.
The restaurant has seating for 66 people inside and about 20 in the patio, Horne said.
Cajun Tex in Hallsville is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit Cajun Tex on Facebook.
Papa Murphy’s closes
The Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza franchise in The Village shopping center at 1753 W. Loop 281 has closed.
Longview city records show Eugene and Judy Hill owned the franchise.
Mitzi Estrada, part owner of the Beer Coffee & More convenience store two doors away, said she saw the owner of Papa Murphy’s remove the sign a few weeks ago.
“Very sad day for me,” Estrada said. “I liked those people. Everybody that worked there was nice.”